Integration of public health and health services evaluation measures: The case for standardizing reach and dose
Methods: Qualitative data from awardees are compared to aggregated quantitative data provided by awardees via their electronic medical records or administrative data.
Results: Few of the 24 awardees provided data on the potential reach of their interventions and had difficulty defining their target populations. Even fewer awardees were collecting measures of dose that could be used to assess exposure to the interventions.
Conclusions: We present an assessment of the reach and dose measures used across the 24 awardees, the challenges of conceptualizing these measures and offer recommendations for standardizing these measures.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Provision of health care to the public
Define how reach and dose apply to health services interventions Discuss the challenges in establishing a standardized measure for reach or dose in health care settings Describe how reach and dose measures were adapted for program evaluation
Keyword(s): Evaluation, Outcomes Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a program evaluator for nearly 25 years of national public health programs addressing chronic disease prevention and health promotion. I am lead author of a book published by Sage on program evaluation planning and have specific expertise in aligning evaluation measures with key domains of interest and implementing mixed methods evaluations that capture outcomes at multiple levels.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.